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Les Cockrell: ‘Merging Visions’ works on exhibit at 2 libraries

A display of art and poetry from the “Merging Visions” exhibit held earlier this spring at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts will be on view at Denton’s North Branch and South Branch libraries until Aug. 15, according to a library announcement.

Twelve paired pieces of art and poetry are on exhibit at each branch. Among the works is an art and poetry combination voted to receive the “People’s Choice Award.” During the exhibit, the public was asked to vote on which paired works best complemented each other, and the top three were given an award.

Location maps and a list of the works on exhibit are available for use at the reference desk in each library and may be viewed during regular library hours.

The Denton Public Library has been a longtime co-sponsor of the annual “Merging Visions” exhibit, which, until this year, was held solely in the branch libraries.

The exhibit began seven years ago as a collaboration between the Denton Poets’ Assembly and the Visual Arts Society of Texas, according to the announcement.


Krum library slates carnival as part of reading program

The Krum Public Library will sponsor a carnival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Krum Middle School gym, 805 E. McCart St., according to a library press release.

The event is part of the library’s summer reading program and will feature games, prizes, a petting zoo and the Professor Brainius science show.

Children who have received game tickets for every book read since the summer reading program began can use them at the carnival, and additional tickets can be purchased. Admission is free.

Games with prizes for all participants will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by the science show. After the show, games will continue until 2 p.m. A petting zoo will be offered outside the gym from 9 to 11 a.m.

Sonic Drive-In will provide hot dogs and chips for $3 and hot dogs for $1.50, and members of the Friends of the Krum Public Library will sell popcorn, lemonade and other beverages, the press release stated.

Prize winners for summer readers will be drawn and announced at 12:30 p.m. Winners do not have to be present to win.

“After the carnival, the children can keep reading til the end of July for additional prizes, and a cash prize will be awarded for the child who has read the most books,” Donna Pierce, Krum library director, stated in the press release. “Grab-bag prizes also will be awarded.”

For more information, call 940-482-3455 or visit


State park staff to conduct sunrise hike Saturday

Early risers are invited to beat the heat by taking part in a sunrise hike at 6:30 a.m. Saturday at the Isle du Bois unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park near Pilot Point.

Hikers will meet at the Hawthorne parking area at the unit. The hike will cover 2.2 miles along the Randy Bell Scenic Trail. No reservations are required. All park visitors are advised to bring water and sun protection, and those planning on participating in hikes should wear sturdy shoes.

Park admission is $7 for those 13 and older. For more information about Isle du Bois events, call 940-686-2148.


Lone Star Paddle Fest set for Saturday in Little Elm

Lone Star Paddle Fest, featuring paddle board races and other activities, will be held Saturday at the Little Elm Park beach area on Lewisville Lake.

Races will include a 10K, 5K, sprints and children’s event, said Megan McGraw, Little Elm’s festival and event coordinator.

In addition to stand-up paddle boards, competitions will include prone boards, much like surfboards, and kayaks and canoes. Information about fees and other requirements can be found at

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the beach, with races starting at 10 a.m. A vendor expo, paddle board demonstrations and food and beverages will also be offered. Live music after the races will be by Trent Turner and the Moontowers, and a raffle benefiting the Little Elm Lions Club will be held.

The beach is within Little Elm Park, 701 W. Eldorado Parkway. The event is open to paddlers of all skill levels.

Closing out the day’s activities will be an outdoor screening of the movie Soul Surfer. The screening will start at about 9 p.m., at the beach area, said Keri Kirkwood-Huth, recreation coordinator. Beach-themed activities, including a Hula-Hoop contest, limbo dancing and balloon tossing, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Families are invited to watch the film while floating on the lake or lounging on the sand. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and families should bring lawn chairs or blankets for the beach area or air mattresses and other flotation devices to watch from the lake.

For more information, visit


Keep Denton Beautiful gets gold star affiliate honor

Keep Denton Beautiful received a Keep Texas Beautiful Gold Star Affiliate Recognition award during KTB’s recent statewide conference in Austin, according to an announcement from Lauren Barker, KDB program manager.

Keep Denton Beautiful was honored for outstanding programs in the areas of litter prevention, reduction of waste and community beautification and for its efforts in urban forestry and environmental education for Denton residents and businesses, the announcement stated.

Gold star recognition is the highest designation that can be achieved by a Keep Texas Beautiful community affiliate and only a few dozen of the awards are presented each year, Barker said. Keep Texas Beautiful has more than 360 community affiliates.

“Keep Texas Beautiful’s Gold Star Affiliate Recognition honors those communities that go above and beyond in their efforts to create a cleaner, more beautiful Texas,” Barker stated. “It is our great honor to be among the handful of statewide affiliates who receive this designation.”

For more information about Keep Denton Beautiful, visit


Gallery night planned at Denton’s Oxide Gallery

Denton’s Oxide Gallery will have its monthly gallery night event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and visitors are invited to check out eclectic works by more than 40 North Texas artists.

Oxide Gallery is at 115 Eagle Drive and features artwork including paintings, photographs, sculpture and jewelry.

Admission to gallery night is free. For more information, call 940-483-8900 or visit

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